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BikeSauce is Toronto's newest DIY bikeshop. We are located at 717 Queen East (at Broadview).

BikeSauce (Re-)Launch and Open House!

Just one year after opening its doors on Queen Street East, BikeSauce, the East End bike repair shop and cycling advocacy organization, has moved to a new – bigger and better – location just up the street!

Come join the Sauciers at their Grand Opening on June 4, 2011.

There will be a ribbon (chain?) cutting ceremony at noon.

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Where: BikeSauce, 235 Broadview Avenue (just south of Dundas)
Time: 12pm – 6pm

Volunteers have been hard at work packing up BikeSauce at its Queen Street East location. On May 14, volunteers made the big move to the new location. Using almost entirely bikes and bike trailers, the entire shop – the social area, repair space and all of the bikes and tools – was all moved. ‘Sauce is now up and running in the new location!

Just like its first location, the new shop houses a DIY space where users can come and learn how to repair and maintain their bikes. There is also a social space with couches and a library stocked full of resources where anyone can come, hang out and connect with other residents interested in promoting vibrant communities. The new location also has a full kitchen, where community members are welcome to come by and cook up a meal or snack for the shop.

BikeSauce is a non-profit corporation mandated to promote cycling as a means of environmental protection, public health promotion and community building. It will achieve this through four objectives: 1) provide a donation-based, pay-what-you-can bicycle repair facility that empowers all cyclists with the confidence to safely maintain and ride their bikes and promotes a do-it-yourself culture; 2) provide institutional support and resources to citizens’ and community groups’ advocacy efforts and community-based initiatives; 3) promote cycling as a primary means of transportation; and 4) provide an inclusive, free drop-in space for individuals and groups.

Posted: June 2nd, 2011
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Bike-In Movie Night (B.I.K.E.): Thursday August 19, 9:30pm

b.i.k.eAnd the tradition continues!!! Someone picks a fun movie, we haul out the chairs into the driveway, we project the movie on to the wall outside, and tada! You have an awesome Thursday night…

What’s on this week’s bill? B.I.K.E., the amazing documentary drama about how two film makers infiltrate an underground bicycle club.

Thursday, August 19, 9:30pm (ish), @ ‘Sauce (717 Queen E)

Posted: August 18th, 2010
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Sauce Social Hub and Library Launch a HUGE Success!!!

BikeSauce Social Hub and Library LaunchThanks to everyone who came out to the Social Hub and Library Launch on Saturday, August 7, 2010!!! It was a wonderful day!
We had several people out for the Group Ride, with two unexpected tour guides (Nelson and Jerry) to teach us all about the history and natural wildlife on the Leslie Street Spit.
Many people came out to the Open House to check out our new digs, browse the library and grab a cup of coffee. There was also wonderful and tasty food available, thanks to our awesome food team (Melissa, Jennifer, Melody and Jo).
To say that the Alleycat Race was a huge, massive success would be an understatement! It was phenomenal! Thanks to the awesome organizers (Matt and Alex), the checkpoint people and everyone else who helped them out along the way.
The Keg Party was simply epic. We had a much much higher turnout than originally expected! The keg ran out pretty early… But we hope people still enjoyed the emergency supply of boxed wine!!! If there’s one thing we learned from the whole day of events, it’s to order two kegs. Always.
A bunch of pictures have been posted on our facebook page.

Posted: August 16th, 2010
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Bike Sauce Launch Tomorrow! (Rides, Races and Parties — Oh My!!!)

Social Hub and Library Launch ImageOne more sleep! The events are tomorrow!!!

Bike Sauce Social Hub and Library Launch
Where: BikeSauce! (717 Queen E, entrance around back)
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010

Family-Friendly Group Ride: 12-2pm, leisure ride to the Leslie Street Spit lighthouse. Led by Toby. Starts and ends at Sauce.

Open House: 12-6pm. Catered food by awesome volunteers!

Alley Cat Race (West to East Alleycat): 7pm registration. Gun goes off at 7:30pm. $10 registration fee, all proceeds go to Bike Sauce and includes some beer. Starts at Maple Leaf Forever Park (Leslie and Queen, down Memory Lane). Facebook event here.

Keg Party: 9pm onwards. Free entrance. $10 for a cup for the keg. BYOB if the keg just isn’t your style.

Here is the facebook event for the day.

Posted: August 6th, 2010
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Bike Building Blitz Party!

bike heapWe take in a lot of bike donations and to all those who have donated a bike or parts or a bike in parts, thank you.  There is a lot of good bike out there looking for a little love to get back on the road.  But building bikes while trying to empower cyclists with a little DIY is too much for our volunteers to handle during open shop hours.  We also find that people who are looking for a reliable and affordable bike find our selection of ready-to-go bikes a little thin.  Add to that, we have great people coming in, looking to volunteer time to learn how to fix bikes.

The solution we have come up with is…

We are having a bike-building party.

Come by the Shop (717 Queen E) between 10am to 6pm on Wednesday July 28th.  Pick out a bike to wrench on.  There will be volunteer mechanics on hand to help out.  Lonely bikes need your help.

Posted: July 27th, 2010
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Painting Jarvis Street

It’s here! It’s finally here! The paint has finally been put down on Jarvis Street!

The press release came out July 14, saying that the work on Jarvis was about to begin. The lights down the reversible middle lane were removed and solid yellow lines were painted to indicate to drivers that they should no longer use this infamous lane.

Unfortunately, this caused confusion for riders and drivers alike, following the fine example set by these guys. Cyclists were even ticketed for riding down the centre lane (even though she was taking pictures to write this post, to clarify the situation for others).

Painting the actual lines began yesterday (July 24) and continued today. The bike symbols are planned for early this week. Check out some pictures of the painting process!

See even more pictures in our Facebook Album.

So if you have any spare time, grab your bike, head to Jarvis and give the new lanes a test ride!!!

Posted: July 26th, 2010
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